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Striped marlin

(Kajikia audax)

Its distribution is limited to the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It can be distinguished by its thinner body - this feature allows it to swim very quickly while chasing prey, reaching a speed of 96 km / h. However, when he manages to hook him, he is no longer able to develop such speed, for which the anglers are very grateful to him.

The striped marlin is known for its ability to make acrobatic leaps out of the sea when being led out on a hook. The angler will always remember the fountain of brilliant spray that shoots up during the struggle with the striped marlin. It is believed that these jumps are purely instinctive movements. It is precisely such actions that this fish is forced to take when pursuing prey that is escaping from it - another fish that easily rushes along the water surface.

The record weight of a striped marlin is 224.1 kg, this record is recorded in Tatukaka (New Zealand).

Lures and fishing methods

Live fish, fish strips and artificial bait can be used as bait. Striped marlin are caught using medium or light tackle, and usually quite close to the shore, since this is where they most often feed. Therefore, moving bait, which is any local fish or artificial bait, is suitable for catching it.

On November 6, 2010, a one-day trophy fishing tournament "Marlin tournament" was held on Mahe Island. Only marlins of all kinds were taken into account (sailboats were not counted). The winner was our boat "Sea Beast" piloted by Christopher Larue. The trophy was a striped marlin weighing 55 kg. - This is a rare species for the Seychelles, where blue and black marlin are usually caught well. Striped marlin has not yet been declared by us among the possible trophies and appeared in our biting table. On October 20, 2010 we caught another striped marlin weighing 65 kg.


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